fire·​ball·​er ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbȯ-lər How to pronounce fireballer (audio)
: a baseball pitcher known for throwing fastballs
fireballing adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ben Joyce, the right-handed fireballer from the University of Tennessee, went viral two months ago for throwing a pitch clocked at 105.5 mph during a game against Auburn. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2022 The Braves began their comeback by reeling off a 14-game winning streak in June after promoting 21-year-old center-fielder Michael Harris II from Double-A and moving fireballer Spencer Strider from the bullpen to the rotation. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 Manny Machado homered off Cardinals fireballer Ryan Helsley, cutting the lead in half to start the eighth. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 The Marlins are a fourth-place team and their hitters had no chance, striking out nine times against the Sideshow Bob-haired fireballer. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2022 The fireballer’s struggles continued, with Dalbec — who’d fanned with two in scoring position in the first — driving a 2-and-2 slider into the left-field seats for a 4-3 lead. Globe Staff,, 15 July 2022 His average sinker velocity of 90.3 mph is a relic of a bygone era, sitting in just the 12th percentile league-wide — an especially striking sight coming from a 6-foot-4 left-hander who looks the part of a fireballer. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 3 June 2022 Ryan had once been a wild fireballer himself, leading the league in walks eight times in an 11-year span. New York Times, 9 May 2022 Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff That has already happened, given how Eovaldi has transformed from a fireballer to a pitcher who has several ways, and several subtle tricks, to send a batter back to the dugout. Peter Abraham,, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fireballer was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Fireballer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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